|Tsuge Ikebana #42511FT (SOLD 5/10/17)
|Rich Esserman wrote to say that Tsuge may have discontinued
grading their pipes for a while. When? Don't know. It may have
a grade on it, but if so, it's that little Japanese character in a
circle, which I can not, of course, interpret. However, as all else
is written in English, that appears to be a bit of an anomaly. I
can see the action...the pipe maker, eager to make a break for
lunch, grabs all the nomenclature stamps quickly, and when he
comes to the grade, he grabs the Japanese symbol, reads it
easily, of course, and applies the stamp and then hits the door.
Like-new cond., open draw and exceedingly comfortable, flat
vulcanite stem. Grp. 4 in size, fine ring grain blast. Used.
4.7" long, bowl 1.8" tall. Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $275.